South Korea's Youn wins best supporting actress Oscar for 'Minari'


Posted at Apr 26 2021 10:40 AM

South Korea's Youn wins best supporting actress Oscar for 'Minari' 1
Youn Yuh-jung arrives at the 93rd Academy Awards, at Union Station, in Los Angeles, U.S., April 25, 2021. Chris Pizzello/Pool via Reuters

LOS ANGELES, April 25 (Reuters) - South Korean film icon Youn Yuh-jung won the best supporting actress Oscar on Sunday for her role as a spirited and unconventional grandmother in "Minari."

Youn, 73, is the first South Korean actor to win an Oscar and the first actor from that nation ever to clinch an Academy Award nomination.

She was the front-runner for an Oscar after picking up dozens of trophies this year for her role in "Minari," a tender story about a Korean immigrant family that starts a farm in

In the film, which is based partly on the life story of director Lee Isaac Chung, Youn's character travels from South Korea to help care for her two grandchildren.

Youn has been a sensation on Korean screens for decades, most often playing witty, thought-provoking characters.

Youn's fellow supporting actress nominees included Maria Bakalova for "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm," Glenn Close for "Hillbilly Elegy," Olivia Colman for "The Father," and Amanda Seyfried for "Mank."

(Reporting by Nichola Groom; Editing by Andrea Ricci)